Although there are no specific OSHA standards covering COVID-19, certain standards may apply,” Michael Rubin explains in American Cranes & Transport. These include the “General Duty Clause” and specific requirements related to personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protection, and workplace hazard assessments.
Mike, chair of Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA and Worksite Safety practice, explains the OSHA standards that employers should consider in managing workplace safety during the coronavirus outbreak. He also breaks down the OSHA’s recently released Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. “The guidance ‘is advisory in nature’ (that is, not a standard or regulation), but employers should give this guidance considerable deference and utilize it as a primary source of information and assistance, among other sources, when determining how to proceed,” he says.